Parish Council meeting minutes, November 2017

Minutes of the Meeting of the Parish Council held on Thursday, 9th November 2017 at  8 p.m. in Bromley Green Hall.


Cllr. S. Denis in the Chair, Cllrs. P. Sillibourne, D. Guy, A. Beaney Mrs. T. Cliffe-Harrison and the Clerk, Mrs. M. Shaw.

In attendance

Mr. M. Pepper.


Cllr. Mrs. F. Burt.


Cllr. A. Beaney on Fairview Industrial Estate.


The minutes of the previous meeting had been circulated, these were resolved as a correct record.

Matters Arising

Sewage problems, Bromley Green Road - nothing further


Ashford Local Plan

There are two sites just outside Ruckinge boundary, which have been resubmitted into the draft plan by the landowners and developers. The Chairman had attended a meeting the previous evening with the Bromley Green Residents Association and reported thereon.

A report written by Shadoxhurst Parish Council was circulated to members. Concern was expressed that residents are unable to locate the process of raising objections. Cllr. J. Martin to be consulted and this response will be included on the parish web-site.


Treasurers Account as at 30th October 2017 £ 18,929 - 03.

The Clerk circulated a draft budget to the councillors, this was discussed with further detailed discussion at the next meeting. It was provisionally proposed by Cllr. D. Guy seconded by Cllr. A. Beaney and that the  precept for 2018/2019 be £ 10,000 to be confirmed.

The Clerk had received an invoice for £ 1,200 – 00 from Peter Brett Associates LLP. This was discussed - no details were given to substantiate this invoice and it is believed that this is could have been incurred by Borough Councillor Miss J. Martin. No Agreement has been made between Ruckinge Parish Council and this company, which would have required a formally approved Resolution and also any Agreement would have then required the signature of the Responsible Financial Officer. Therefore the Parish Council has no liability for this debt. It was agreed that the Chairman will compose a letter to Cllr. Miss J. Martin for forwarding to her by the Clerk after Councillors approval.


17/1647/AS Hillcrest, Bromley Green Road, Ruckinge. Erection of steel pre-fabricated workshop for the storage and maintenance of classic motor vehicles for personal use. The application was supported.

Fairview Industrial Estate

Nothing further.

Carters Field

Land drains, location plan – nothing further.

Cllr. Mrs. T. Cliffe-Harrison had investigated the “Tesco Funding Scheme” and will apply accordingly. (possibly for playground equipment)

It was reported that the field is being frequently used by Dog Walkers.

Highways & Byways

Wey Street – Cllr. A. Beaney has reported the condition again.

Nothing further on the Closure Order on the Byways, Grahame Rusling of PROW to be contacted.

Village Hall

Quotations received from Mr. S. Fuller regarding Tarmacing the Village hall car park, it was agreed that another quotation be obtained to the same specification.

It was noted that a sign is now positioned on the Village Hall. It was suggested that a another plaque should incorporate information of whom this hall is managed and owned by. The Chairman will compose wording for approval the next meeting. The Village Hall Management committee to be informed of this proposal.

Village Protection Plan

Nothing further.

Items of Interest

It was reported that Mr. Rex Knight, a former Parish Councillor for 17 years from June 1991 to June 2008 had died the previous week, agreed to send the Council condolences to his family.

Date of the Next Meeting

Agreed for Thursday, 14th December 2017, at  8 p.m.  in Ruckinge Village Hall

There being no further business the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 9.50 p.m.